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Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination

Minority Health Month

April 1 - 30

A Month of Awareness - Boys & Girls Club of Jackson-Madison County
Haywood County - Brownsville
709 East Jefferson Street, Brownsville, TN 38012

April 1st - 30th
(Ongoing events scheduled throughout the month)

Each week club members will learn about a different disease that affects the African American community, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. Club members will be asked to research how many people in their immediate family have these. Bulletin boards with symbols will be made to represent how many people are affected and displayed at the club throughout the month. Information will also be distributed to club members and parents about each disease. A knowledge bowl will be held each Friday using questions gathered from information members over the week. A club-wide knowledge bowl will be held at the end of the month reviewing all four diseases.

Contact:  Alisa Hopson
Phone: (731) 772-0552
Email:ahopson@bgcjmc.org

April 11-17

Take Care of Your Body from Head to Toe
Madison County - Boys & Girls Club of Jackson-Madison County

April 11th - 17th
Allenton Heights Unit (258 Elm Street, Jackson, Madison County, 38301)
Lincoln Courts Unit (266-A Roosevelt Pky, Jackson, Madison County, 38301)

April 11th – American Heart Association
(Topic – What causes heart disease and how to reduce the risk of acquiring it)

April 13th – Jackson Madison County Health Department
(Topic – Recognizing what is diabetes, the symptoms, and how to avoid getting the disease)

April 14th - Affordable Dentures
(Topic - Taking care of your teeth and how that affects your overall health)
Allenton Heights Unit: 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Northeast Unit:4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Different community agencies will visit the outreach units to raise awareness on health concerns directly related to minorities and to educate club members about what they can do to manage their health.

Contact: April Pearson
Phone: (731) 423-8086 or (731) 422-4614
Email: apearson@bgcjmc.org

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Hispanic Health Awareness Event
Unicoi County - Dry Creek Clinic, 1826 North Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650

(This event will be held in April at the Dry Creek Clinic - exact date and time to be announced).

This event will include displays on violence, dangers of tobacco and second hand smoke, diabetes, heart health and obesity with educational brochures in Spanish.  Diabetic screenings and BMIs targeted towards the Hispanic population of Unicoi County will be offered.

Contact Person:  Becky Cassel
Phone: (423) 743-9103 ext. 310
Email: Rebecca.cassell@tn.gov

Minority Health Month

April 1-9


April 1, 2011

Teen Safe Night
Lewis County
Lewis County Middle School
207 South Court Street, Hohenwald, TN 38462

4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

An outreach event sponsored by the Lewis County youth subcommittee for middle school students providing informational sessions about tobacco, prescription drugs, abstinence and alcohol/seat belt safety.

Contact : Terry Whittenberg, Lewis Co. Schools’ Family Resource Center Director
Phone: (931) 796-2375
Email: terry.whittenberg@tennk12.net


Child Abuse Prevention Education Training
Weakley County
University Tennessee Martin, Martin, TN

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Child abuse prevention education training sponsored by the Northwest Council on Children and Youth.  Training will be used during many upcoming programs offered in the summer to the local Housing Authorities.

Contact:  Ashley Hook
Phone: (731) 885-7601
Email: Ashley.Hook@tn.gov


April 2, 2011

Knox County Youth Health Conference 
Knox County Youth Health Conference
801 Tipton Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee  37920

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Teaching at-risk students and students struggling with obesity to make healthy life choices, from wellness to lifestyle.  Franco Harris will be the guest speaker.

Contact:  Jennifer Netherland
Phone: (865) 215-5087
Email: jennifer.netherland@knoxcouty.org


Mental Health Awareness at Mule Day
Maury County
Columbia Academy
West 7th Street, Columbia, TN

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Mental Health Advocacy Work Group, a subcommittee of the Maury County Community Advisory Board, will have a float in the Mule Day Parade to help raise awareness about the mental health needs of children and youth.  

Contact Person(s):  Jennifer Burger
Phone: (931) 490-6516
Email: Jennifer.Burger@centerstone.org
Sarah Russell
Phone: (931) 560-1125
Email: Sarah.Russell@tn.gov


April 3, 2011

Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident
Hawkins County
Hasson Street Christian Church
601 North Hasson Street, Rogersville, TN 37857

10:00 a.m.

Various safety tip sheet inserts will be distributed through the church bulletins, along with heart disease prevention/educational packets for the congregation.

Contact Person:  Sharon Phipps, Hawkins County Health Department, P.O. Box 488, Rogersville, TN 37857; Phone: (423) 272.7641 ext 134;
Email:  sharon.phipps@tn.gov


April 4, 2011

GoGirlGo
Obion County
Hillcrest School
Troy TN

April 4th (weekly thru May 9th)
2:45 p.m.

Fifth grade students will participate in a program focused on building self-esteem and decreasing obesity.

Contact: Cathy Poteet
Phone: (731) 253-9954
Email:  patricia.c.poteet@tn.gov


April 5, 2011

Good Lungs vs. Bad Lungs
Carter County
Elizabethton Housing Agency

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The health educator will partner with the Elizabethton Housing Agency to provide lung cancer education to the adult residents. The information will include models of good lungs and bad lungs, a video about emphysema will be shown, and each participant will be offered information about lung cancer as well as information about Tennessee's QuitLine.  

Contact: Tim Bailey
Phone: (423) 543-2521 ext 362
Email: timothy.m.bailey@tn.gov 


Dissemination of men's health packets and surveys
Hancock County
178 Willow Street
Sneedville, TN 37869

9:00 a.m.

Men's health packets will be disseminated to county and state highway employees. The packets will include information on diabetes, heart disease, obesity, prostate health, stroke and tobacco use. A survey will be conducted to evaluate health practices and to assess healthcare needs.

Contact: Sonya Turner
Phone: (423) 733-2228 ext. 116
Email: sonya.a.turner@tn.gov


April 6, 2011

Healthy School Lunch Choices
Washington County
Girls Inc.
227 Library Lane
Johnson City, TN 37601

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This class will be held for the 2nd and 3rd grade "Groovy Girls" who have been learning about nutrition and fitness all semester. A discussion on common lunch room food choices and which ones are the healthiest options based on the MyPyramid for kids will be conducted.

Contact: Christen Minnick
Phone: (423) 975-7916
Email: christen.minnick@tn.gov


April 7, 2011

Health Council Meeting Lake County (Minority Health)
Lake County
Lakeview Dining Room

12:00 noon
Lake County Health Educator will announce April as Minority Health Month.  “Facts for You” handouts will be distributed.

Contact: Cathy Poteet
Phone: (731) 253-9954
Email: patricia.c.poteet@tn.gov


Middle Tennessee State University Health Fair
Rutherford County
Keathley University Center

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

School of Nursing health fair sponsored by the MTSU Student Nurses Association, Keathley University Center on campus, 1301 East Main Street Murfreesboro, TN 37122

Contact Person: Lyndsay Taulbee; Phone: (615) 618-2263


April 9, 2011

Dove Real Beauty Workshop
Maury County
Creekside Adult Community Center
402 W. Willow Street
Columbia, TN 38401

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A fun and interactive session for girls ages 10-12 and their adult female mentors –mothers, aunts, guardians – or anyone interested in starting the dialogue on beauty and self-image with a member of the next generation.

Contact: Dianne Bennett
Phone: (931) 388-5203
Email: dianne.bennett82@gmail.com  


Health Fair
Tipton County
Collins Chapel CME Church
303 West Ripley
Covington, TN

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Tipton County CAB (Community Advisory Board) will be hosting a Health Fair.  A variety of health related information will be available.

Contact:  Kathy Robinson, HE, Tipton County HD, 47 Mueller Brass Road, Covington, TN 38019


Healthy Family Day Health Fair
Davidson County
Jones Paideia Magnet School
1800 9th Ave. North
Nashville, TN  37208

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Hendersonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Jones Paideia Magnet School will host a
health fair with free dental, cholesterol and glucose screenings, preventive information, food, fun and games for the entire family will be available.

Contact(s): Zipporah Davis
Phone: (615) 299-8426)
Email: zldavis@comcast.net 
or
Claudia Mays
Phone: (615) 256-8641
Email: cmayscounceling@att.net


Carl Perkins Bike and Trike Parade
Hardin County
Hardin County High School
1170 Pickwick Street
Savannah, TN 38372

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The annual Safety Parade is a fundraiser for   the Carl Perkins Center for Child Abuse.  Children accompanied by an adult can ride their decorated tricycles, bicycles, wagons, and strollers on the high school track.  Prizes will be given for the best decorated bikes and trikes in different age groups.  Children who raise more than the designated amount will receive a free t-shirt and other prizes.  Representatives from the health department, fire department, police department, and other agencies will conduct safety demonstrations, hand out safety materials and health information.

Contact:  Angie Lunsford
Phone: (731) 925-7497

April 10-16


April 10, 2011

Tobacco's Toll on Women's Health
Washington County
Keystone Recreation Center
603 Bert Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This class will be held for the Johnson City female inmates to discuss how tobacco companies target their products to women. It will include information on the effects of tobacco on the outside and inside of the body, how costly smoking habits can be, and how to de-construct tobacco media ads to find out the truth about tobacco.

Contact: Christen Minnick,
Phone: (423) 975-7916
Email: christen.minnick@tn.gov


April 12, 2011

Social Action Training School Video Conference on Childhood Overweight and Obesity
Davidson County
Tennessee Department of Health
Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination
425 5th Ave. North
Cordell Hull Building, 4th Floor Conference Room
Nashville, TN 37243

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health Resource Center, will offer a video conference to raise awareness about the childhood overweight and obesity epidemic, both nationally and here in Tennessee.

Contact: David Morrow, Program Director
Phone: (615) 741-3415
Email: David.Morrow@tn.gov


April 14, 2011

Early Childhood Network Darkness to Light (sexual abuse prevention training)
Maury County
Centerstone
1222 Medical Center Drive
Columbia, TN 38401

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This free training is designed to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. 

Contact:  April Scott
Phone: (931) 490-1566
Email: april.scott@centerstone.org


Senior Health Fair
Maury County
Bethel AME Church
1125 South Glade Street
Columbia, TN 38401
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Health fair for seniors.

Contact Person:  Autumn Lamb-Blake
Phone: (931) 451-7770;
Email: autumnlamb@carechoicetn.com


The Week of the Young Child
Davidson County
Norman Binkley Elementary School
4700 Longdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37211

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Catholic Charities of Tennessee will be hosting an event for children and families. 

The health fair will include several organizations available to provide health, vision and dental screenings as well as information about healthy families.  Door prizes will be awarded and food will be served.

Contact Person: Anais B. Riggs,
Phone:  (615) 445-8310, ext. 222
Email: ariggs@cctenn.org


April 15, 2011

Obion County Interagency Meeting 
Obion County
Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services
Union City, TN

1:00 p.m.

Obion County Health Educator will announce April as Minority Health Month. “Facts for You” handouts will be distributed.

Contact: Cathy Poteet,
Phone: 731-253-9954
Email: patricia.c.poteet@tn.gov


Cardiovascular Health Screening
Johnson County
Johnson County Senior Citizen’s Center
128 College Street
Mountain City, TN 37683

Time to be announced

The Mountain States Health Alliance Heart Coach, a mobile screening unit, will be in Johnson County to conduct cardiovascular health screening and risk assessment.  The cost of the screening is $45 and includes the following: total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose, blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference, vascular studies that include carotid artery scan, aorta scan, and ankle brachial index.  Individuals will get all of their results while there and will consult with a health educator regarding the results and what the numbers mean.  Appointments are required by calling 1-800-888-5551, option 4.

Contact(s): Angie Stout or Joyce Kidd
Phone: (423) 727-9731 or (423) 727-8883
Email: angela.r.stout@tn.gov


Healthy Steps Cooking & Weight Loss Classes
Hickman County
Hickman County Community Center & Fairfield Baptist Church
Centerville, TN

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn healthier methods of cooking and ways to fit exercise into your daily life.

Contact:  Tracey Wilkes
Phone: (931) 589-2104


April 16, 2011

El Protector Health & Safety Fair/ Feria De Salud Y Seguridad
Davidson County
Premiere Indoor Sport
12630 Old Hickory Blvd.
Antioch, TN 37013

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free screening for diabetes, blood pressure, HIV, cholesterol and educational information on a variety of health topics will be offered. Together we make a difference; Juntos hacemos la diferencia. Entertainment will also be provided.

Contact: Officer Rafael Fernandez,
Phone: (615) 880-1783
Email: rafael.fernadez@nashville.gov


4th Annual Son-Rise Father/Son Communication Workshop
Knox County
Cansler Family YMCA
616 Jessamine Street
Knoxville, TN 37917 

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To bring together young males in grades 3 through 6 with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or any other male role model that they may look up to with the hope of strengthening the bond between them.  It is a joint initiative of the Boys & Men Preventing Violence Against Women Task Force, Knox Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and Project GRAD Knoxville.  The day consists of a presentation on gender respect, followed by sporting events and games, a workshop (possibly sponsored by Home Depot), door prizes and music. Lunch is provided.

Contact:  Christian King
Phone: (865) 594-3792, ext. 1070
Email: cking@projectgradknoxville.org


Dove Real Beauty Workshop
Maury County
Northridge
Columbia, TN 38401

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

A fun and interactive session for young girls (ages, 10-12) and their adult female mentors: mothers, aunts, guardians – anyone interested in starting the dialogue on beauty and self-image with a member of the next generation.

Contact:  Dianne Bennett
Phone: (931) 388-5203

Email: dianne.bennett82@gmail.com

April 17-23


April 19, 2011

Healthy Steps Cooking & Weight Loss Classes
Hickman County
Hickman County Community Center & Fairfield Baptist Church

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Learn healthier methods of cooking and ways to fit exercise into your daily life.

Contact: Tracey Wilkes
Phone: (931) 589-2104


April 21, 2011

Live Longer by Living Smarter
Madison County
Boys & Girls Club of Jackson-Madison County
East Unit
832 Lexington Avenue
Jackson, TN 38301)

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nick Stamper from Solus Performance Training will talk to club members about the importance of exercise and eating healthier. This will help them to ultimately have a better quality of life.

Contact Person:  Paulette Moore-Luton
Phone: (731) 423-0627
Email: paulette@aeneas.net


April 23, 2011

Dove Real Beauty Workshop
Maury County
Creekside Adult Community Center
402 W. Willow Street
Columbia, TN 38401

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A fun and interactive session for girls ages, 8-9 and their adult female mentors – mothers, aunts, guardians – or anyone interested in starting the dialogue on beauty and self-image with a member of the next generation.

Contact:  Dianne Bennett
Phone: (931) 388-5203
Email: dianne.bennett82@gmail.com  


Health Fair at J.C. Napier Housing Project
Davidson County
J.C. Napier Homes
(Location to be announced)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meharry Medical College’s Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research is partnering with Kings in Training to host a health fair.  Various community organizations will have booths and HIV testing will be provided.

Contact:  Jessica Pryor, M.S.
Phone: (615) 327-5742

Email:  jpryor@mmc.edu

April 24-30


April 25, 2011

Sweating to the Beats
(using various musical artists to exercise)

Madison County
Boys & Girls Club of Jackson-Madison County
Isaac Lane Site
746 Lexington Avenue
Jackson, TN 38301)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Club members will participate in aerobic exercises and meditation activities to encourage healthy living during National Minority Health Month. This event is relevant to keeping the mind and body healthy. Healthy snacks will be provided along with water.

Contact Person:  Sheila Rose
Phone: (731)423-8086 or (731) 423-0627
Email: srose@bgcjmc.org


April 27, 2011

Healthy Steps Cooking & Weight Loss Classes
Perry County
Linden Community Center & Lobelville Senior Center

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn healthier methods of cooking and ways to fit exercise into your daily life.

Contact:  Tracey Wilkes
Phone: (931) 589-2104


April 28, 2011

Healthy Steps Cooking & Weight Loss Classes
Perry County
Linden Community Center & Lobelville Senior Center

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Learn healthier methods of cooking and ways to fit exercise into your daily life.

Contact:  Tracey Wilkes
Phone: (931) 589-2104


IP3 Program – Internet Safety 
Maury County
Maury County YMCA
1446 Oak Springs Drive
Columbia, TN 38401

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  
A session to discuss inappropriate internet and electronic device use and ways to prevent the negative consequences of such use will be conducted.

Contact Person:  Tiffani Waire
Phone: (931) 540-8230
Email: twaire@ymcamidtn.org


Safe Day
Perry County
Linden Middle School

8:30 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.

Local agencies and other community partners come out and provide brief (15 minute) talks or activities related to what they provide.  All 7th and 8th grader students attend.  Door prizes are also given.

Contact(s):  Teresa Gregory
Phone: (931) 729-3516 ext. 108
or
Phillip Tatum
Phone: (931) 589-2104


McNairy County Coordinated School Health
7th Grade Health and Safety Fair

McNairy County
Selmer Community Center Gymnasium
230 North 5th Street
Selmer, TN   38375

8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Attendees can visit 15 interactive booths addressing healthy choices.  Examples include:  TN Highway Patrol Rollover Vehicle, TN National Guard Drug Awareness Trailer, Sheriff’s department “Fatal Vision” goggles, U.T. Extension “Fat Vest”, Dance Dance Revolution, tobacco risks, sun safety and nutrition.

Contact(s): Shelva Moore
Phone: (731) 645-4033
Email: moores@mcnairy.org
or
Beth Hamilton
Phone: (731) 645-3474, ext. 109
Email: beth.w.hamilton@tn.gov


April 29, 2011

Health Awareness Health Fair
Haywood County
947 Scott Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
 
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Men’s Health Awareness Health Fair will target the residents in the Scott Street and surrounding areas. The focus of the health fair will be on health issues that affect the African American male such as hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Vendors of the health fair will test, screen, and educate the residents in this area and will include the Haywood County Health Department, U.T. Extension Services, Children & Family Services, and Haywood Park Hospital. Our hope is that information will result in transformation.

Contact: Karen D. Jones
Phone: (731) 779-1390
Email: bhccao@yahoo.com


April 30, 2011

Dove Real Beauty Workshop
Maury County
Creekside Adult Community Center
402 W. Willow Street
Columbia, TN 38401
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A fun and interactive session for young girls (ages, 8-9) and their adult female mentors: mothers, aunts, guardians – anyone interested in starting the dialogue on beauty and self-image with a member of the next generation.

Contact Person: Dianne Bennett
Phone: (931) 388-5203;
Email: dianne.bennett82@gmail.com